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NASA is once again taking human space exploration to the Arizona desert in tests to simulate conditions on other worlds.
To see what life might be like on a distant planet, reporters need only travel to the Arizona desert.
NASA's Desert RATS project is a host of off-the-shelf electronics capable of telling the backpacker where he is, letting him talk to distant colleagues and beaming pictures of notable objects to geologists and other scientists.
NASA is inviting the public to choose an area in northern Arizona where explorers will conduct part of the annual Desert Research and Technology Studies, known as Desert RATS.
NASA has concluded two weeks of technology development tests on two of the agency's prototype lunar rovers.
To prepare for human exploration of the moon and other destinations in our solar system, NASA is conducting a field test of rovers and equipment at an Earthly site in the Arizona desert.
NASA will hold the annual Desert "RATS," or Research and Technology Studies, field test in the Arizona desert this fall, hosting a media day for journalists on Sept. 15.
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